Aurifil Designer Tula Pink

Tula Pink has consistently rocked the quilting world with her unique style of sassy meets classic.  This quilting and designing rock star possesses a dynamic personality that has everyone feeling both comfortable and entertained in her presence.  Quilting does not need to be quiet and dull…welcome to the world of Tula!

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Tula Pink is a best selling author and designer and known throughout the quilting industry as one of the best and brightest. Described as having a dark sense of humor which is buried in a sea of print and pattern, Tula plays with images the way a poet plays with words. Whether it is a head of hair teased into a pirate ship or a damask molded into a frog, Tula can wrangle any shape into her own candy-colored fantasy of creative delights.

Tula’s love affair with textiles began early and an obsession with sewing soon followed. It was apparent to everyone but Tula that she would eventually be designing that fabric herself. A few years, twelve fabric collections and many books later, design is her one and only passion. Tula ( like many quilters) began quilting in an effort to use her ever-growing stash of fabric so she could justify buying more.

Tula has numerous fabric lines with Free Spirit Fabrics, each a beautiful representation of the depth of her exquisite design abilities.  To compliment her fabric lines, Tula also has several Aurifil collections to choose from that were hand chosen by Tula to coordinate to all of her fabrics.

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Tula’s thread collections can be found in local quilt shops and through select online shops.  Tula’s newest collection, Aurifil Designer Favorites Box,  is a stunning 50wt box available through Craftsy.

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Familiar with many quilting techniques, Tula puts her own personal style into wonderful traditional techniques such as appliqué, hexagons and paper piecing.  Adding to her hectic schedule, she also travels to teach her style to fun loving students.  Tula will be including a fun filled teaching cruise by World of Quilts Travel coming up in  Winter 2016 January 31-February 7, 2016.

The classes offered by Tula during this fun cruise will be:

The Costal Cruiser Pillow! A sweet and sassy VW Bus appliqué cushion cover that is perfect for a beginner to intermediate sewer that loves a great pillow!

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Tula’s Kiss Kiss Quilt is the one to learn for basic fussy cutting , how to set block on point and the importance of color placement.  This quilt measures a generous 60×60 and would be a lovely addition to any room in your home! Choose your favorite colors and join Tula to make a beautiful quilt!

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Simply modern, Tula’s Spiked Punch Quilt is the one to make  for beginner to intermediate quilters  looking for a little wonky placement of fun. Think outside the box on this one as there are no confining rules. A really creative and quick quilt.

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To find out more about this amazing fun filled Aurifil Designer cruise please visit World of Quilts Travel!

We Would Love to Know!

Aurifil is a company that loves to inspire, support and educate the wonderful quilters and sewers that use our products!  There are so many ways to connect through local quilt shops, local quilt guilds,  and literally thousands of online sources that making sure that Aurifil is there for you is our number one priority.  We would love to know more about what you like and where you like to be for your inspirations!  We hope you will take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey to help us to be of better service to you now and in the future.

For extra incentive, for filling out the survey we will be offering the chance to win an Aurifil house collection! By filling out the survey, you are automatically entered for the chance to win one of these FABULOUS collections! There will be TEN winners chosen from the submitted surveys.  The survey will close 06 July 2015  and the winners will be contacted via email on or about 09 July 2015.

Thank you so much for your support! 

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Aurifil 2015 June Designers of the Month Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our June interview mini is by the Sisters and Design Team at Me & My Sister… Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson.  Barb and Mary are fellow Moda fabric designers, but I got to know them both years ago when we were vending at an event.At the end of the day I was looking for someone to have some dinner with. Barb grabbed and said let’s find Mary and go have pizza! And so we did, and our friendship has bloomed!

Their fabrics are cheerful and bright, their quilt patterns are clever and fun to do. Plus they are fun to hang out with! Plus they have a wonderful Aurifil Thread Collection… yummy right?

I interviewed them on 11/3/14 and 6/6/11.. you can listen RIGHT at your computer to my podcast HERE

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Barb and Mary!

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Spring Market 2015 : It’s a Wrap!

The quilting industry is filled with extraordinarily creative people from a variety of backgrounds and origins.   They all come to International Quilt Market to share what they have to offer the shops and distributors but also to connect to each other.  This connection is very real since Market is sometimes the only face to face exposure the businesses, consumers and designers get to make throughout the year.  For this reason, the best part about Market is the people!  Seeing the people we talk to daily online and having the ability to chat, face to face, finding out what is important not only the customers and shops but also the designers is priceless!  The exchange of ideas for color, design, future patterns or just saying hello and giving a hug ( and sometimes a business card) is very necessary for everyone on the Market floor. Before sharing closing photographs of International Quilt Market, we would like to say thank you to all of our friends for coming by the booth, stopping us on the floor to say hello and for inviting Aurifil be a part of your experience! We appreciate you!IMG_0142Starting the photos with a quilt seems fitting and this stunning quilt displayed in the Robert Kaufman booth was quite inspiring! IMG_0205 Look at the brilliant quilting! IMG_0206 Our dear friend Jill Finley, Jillily Studio owner, Henry Glass and Aurifil thread designer was a sight for sore eyes.  We were so very happy to see her getting about on her scooter spreading love wherever she went :o)  Be sure to check out her site for some new offerings!  Jill inspires all of us to always do more and embrace the good!IMG_0026 Color inspiration could be found everywhere but this clever display in the Strokes of Brilliance booth was completely eye catching! IMG_0104 IMG_0107 In the Valori Wells booth, Valori and Man Sewing Rob Appell were exchanging ideas and having a great time! IMG_0148 Kaye England, designer for Wilmington Prints and Aurifil caught up with Alex in the booth for a quick hello before she was dashing off again with her wonderful personality and laugh! Want to watch Alex brighten up?  Have Kaye walk in the booth! IMG_0257 Robert Kaufman had a fabulous booth filled with their fantastic chambray and denim ( and a great Aurifil wall display)! There have been more garments and bags appearing in the booths at Market and it is very exciting to see a array of beautiful sewing being displayed!  Many quilters started out as garment sewers and switched gears to include the art of quilting later on in life.   IMG_0204In the Cloud Nine booth, Bag and fabric designer Anna Graham from Noodlehead, had this lovely display including the new Aurifil floss! IMG_0167 The very dynamic Tula Pink was in the Free Spirit booth with her mom looking through all the lovely new fabric collections that will be in local quilt shops soon! IMG_0252 To wrap it up and make you (hopefully) feel as if you were there with us, here is what usually happens behind the scenes with Bradley, Alex, Elena and Alexander… IMG_0145 IMG_0144 It is like taking a family photo, lol! We are already deep into planning for Fall Market in Houston and are looking forward to bring to you more inspiration, continued commitment to the best product in the marketplace and our gratitude for your support.  Thank you!

Turn the ordinary into extraordinary with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Aurifil Designer Victoria Findlay Wolfe has a “WOW!” factor with everything she touches!  Her ability to take the ordinary and create extraordinary is a gift she loves to share with everyone through her books, lectures and classes.  Victoria has traveled the world teaching her techniques to quilters so they to can create their own one of a kind scrappy look using the fabrics that they already have in their stash at home!

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In addition to Victoria’s busy life as a Mom, quilter, author, teacher, designer for Sizzix and board member of Quilt Alliance, she also has a NEW fabulous Aurifil 50wt collection, Full Circle Stitching!

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Victoria’s large spool collection in 50wt contains the perfect combination of neutrals and bold color for perfect piecing and stunning quilting!

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Victoria has also teamed up with other top Aurifil designers for the upcoming Aurifil Quilt Cruise with World of Quilts Travel! The Aurifil Caribbean Quilt Cruise travels round trip from Fort Lauderdale, January 30-February 7, 2016

Here are some highlights of what will be included in Victoria’s classes.

“Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Highly regarded throughout the quilting community, her work is improvisational piecing reinvented. As you “play” in her classes, you’ll sharpen your design skills and learn about combining colors and prints in new and exciting ways. Get ready to have some incredible fun. As you play with your fabric while you will see an incredible quilt design emerge using Victoria’s techniques as we sail the azure blue waters of the Caribbean.

15 MINUTES OF PLAY
Improvisationally explore new ways to use your
SCRAPS, 15 minutes at a time! Learn techniques in playing in your
scraps to make your own beautiful designed quilts. Sharpen your design
skills, learn about combining colors and prints in new ways, push it
further by using templates then watch your own unique quilt design
emerge. Discover just how distinctive classic quilt blocks can be, when
they are constructed with more spunk and spontaneity! Build confidence
in color, quilting techniques, and design all through PLAY!
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DOUBLE WEDDING RING

Known as Queen of the Double Wedding Ring, Victoria has developed
several new and exciting techniques to make this traditional quilt
pattern sing with modern possibilities. In her cruise class, Victoria
will teach you how to make incredible rings using various techniques
and methods with dramatic results.

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MINIATURE CLASS with 15 MINUTES OF PLAY
Using Victoria’s 15 Minutes of Play piecing technique, create a FUN all-solid-colors miniature quilt, using your solid scraps. It is all play when you build tiny pieces (impressive!), then set them into a 12.5″ miniature quilt top. This Amish-inspired quilt is a wonderful way to get creative and show off your solid fabrics.”

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For more information about Victoria’s classes on the cruise please visit
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2015 Spring Quilt Market ( Part Two)

Part Two of Market review brings you even more gorgeous sights from so many designers!  The amount of talent and passion for the quilting arts under that one roof is staggering!  Come along and see what else Market had to offer!

Our first stop was to visit with Darlene Zimmerman to see her sweet new line “Naptime” for Robert Kaufman Fabrics!  Darlene had this darling hand crank machine in her booth and it really works!

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It did not take long at all to find this lovely booth by Jill Shaulis from Yellow Creek Quilt Designs for Windham Fabrics filled completely with fantastic quilts both large and small.

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Another Windham Fabrics favorite is Heather Ross and her newest collection “Tiger Lily.”  Five of the prints in this collection are also available in cotton lawn.IMG_0246

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And, of course, Market would juts not BE Market without seeing Moda Designer and Aurifil expert Pat Sloan!

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Also in the Moda area were the dynamic duo Minick and Simpson!

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And check out this spectacular beauty shown during the Aurifil schoolhouse!  Alex is behind helping hold this amazing quilt up!

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Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew for Windham Fabrics shared her bright and happy collection Hazel!

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Gudrun from GE Designs displayed gorgeous minis and table runners to share so many possibilities for you to try! IMG_0180

That is a wrap for Market Part Two!  Look for Part Three tomorrow to see even more fabulous quilts fabrics and designers!

2015 International Quilt Market ( Part One)

Three days is not enough time to take in all of the incredible and inspirational products revealed during International Quilt Market!  Quilt Market is the best the industry has to offer every Spring and Fall to the shops that will be choosing and stocking these items!  It is very similar to the Spring and Fall collections in the high fashion industry.  No runway but with the beautiful fabrics, threads, machines and oh so much in between there is plenty of eye candy!  We walked around the Market floor to grab some sneak peaks into what will be coming to a quilt shop near you!  This is only a small offering of what was presented.

So let’s get on with some previews starting with these stunning Aurifil threads!

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Angela Walters has a beautiful new fabric line “Drawn” for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and a lovely Aurifil 50 wt collection to coordinate!

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Birch Fabrics had sweet elephants, baby garments, cushions, and bags filling their booth to the top with great sewing projects!  Their new 40wt Aurifil collection is perfect for knits and items that will have heavier use.

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The Andover Fabrics booth had an amazing display with Alison Glass Design’s fabrics

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And who does not love Little House on the Prairie? Andover is bring back the beloved fabrics for us all to enjoy!

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Moda Fabrics had loads of lovely fabrics and was flush with designers ready to answer any questions you could have about their new collections!

Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree had a sweet booth for her newest collection “Farmhouse”

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Joanna also has a new collection of patterns for mini quilts that can be made fast and easy to collect or give as gifts!

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American Jane, Sandy Klop, LOVES her Aurifil 40wt and uses it for EVERYTHING!  Sandy’s new collection Lorriane is a fantastic array of colors with a French Provence feel! The air balloon quilt was simply amazing!

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Vanessa Christenson does it again with her new line “Simply Colorful!”  Vanessa has a brilliant talent of making the most of bold solid color in her fabrics, Aurifil threads and her new book series for Lucky Spool Publishing.

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More photos will be coming soon!

Aurifil 2015 May Designer of the Month Lynn Harris

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our May mini is by Designer Lynn Harris of The Little Red Hen. Besides being a wonderful designer with her first book just out, she is an amazing photographer. What I love about Lynn’s work is the COLOR! She makes amazing quilts with loads of color and lots of resting area to see it. She also does great things with scraps, which is what her new book is all about.  I highly recommend you start following her website to see what life on the farm for a modern day quilter is all about!  In my interview we’ll get a glimpse of this and I tell you I’m hooked on Lynn’s designs and site!

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Lynn!

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Sis Boom Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Twice a year our friends at Sew Mama Sew organize a great way for everyone to have a fun time by offering a collection of hundreds of giveaways from blogs from everywhere!  Aurifil loves to participate in this twice a year event to share with you the opportunity to win the finest threads made in Italy!  Make sure to go and check out some of the other brilliant giveaways being offered through Sew Mama Sew!

For this giveaway, we will be offering something that is fresh off the Auripress!  Not even in available in shops! Fancy Threads is the newest collection of 40wt Aurifil thread beautifully put together by the FABULOUS designer Jennifer Paganelli from Sis Boom!

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“Sis Boom by Jennifer Paganelli is the inspiration distilled from several lives: Jennifer’s youth in the Great Lakes region of the US, her adolescence spent in the vibrant Caribbean, her college years in traditional New England, followed by career-building in the clamor of New York City. Today, she and her company are located in the leafy rolling countryside of the Northeast. The Sis Boom collection includes over 200 fabric designs, two Chronicle published crafting books, a range of home decor products, PDF sewing patterns, an online shop and a fun-filled blog!”

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“The Sis Boom Collection, its name adopted from her childhood nickname given to her by her twin brother, defies easy categorization. With unusual artistry and a love of texture and a blend of vivid colors, Jennifer uses tag sales, flea markets and European sources as a starting point to create her art.
Jennifer’s connection to all things vintage forms the basis of her textile work. She clearly identifies with their strong, saturated and lively color and seeks to incorporate these elements into her various fabric lines for Free Spirit.”

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So here is your chance to WIN a Jennifer Paganelli Sis Boom “Fancy Threads”  Aurifil 40wt collection of your very own filled with Jennifer’s personal favorites!

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This giveaway is open to all of our international friends!

The giveaway will close Sunday, May 10 at 5 p.m. PST.

The winner will be chosen randomly and will receive notification through email by Wednesday, May 13. The winner announcement will be posted in this original post.

Simply follow the Rafflecopter link below to enter for your chance to WIN !  Good luck and happy sewing!!

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What’s It All About Alex Veronelli?

Aurifil was started with the idea of connecting to and building relationships with customers. Through those relationships Aurifil has been able to provide the best product on the market today.  Aurifil is the only thread available exclusively through local quilt shops or select online shops. In this way, we hear directly from the shops and their customers what they love and what needs to be changed.  You cannot get better quality assurance! 10891764_10206686295099867_680196916765110011_n For the past year, Alex has been traveling the United States visiting Official Aurifil Quilt Shops to spend time with the shop owners and quilters themselves to share what makes Aurifil so wonderful!  He has designed a lecture that both educates and entertains the participants with behind the scenes video of the Aurifil manufacturing process from conception to the shelves in your local shop.  Also included in these sessions are Aurifil goodies and giveaways! Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 11.37.45 AM Be the first to hear about Aurifil’s new products, innovations, promotions and much more! Receive tips on recommended thread weights and care instructions for all of your sewing projects. Enjoy an inspirational collection of artworks produced by world renowned designers using Aurifil threads.  And sometimes local Aurifil Designers ( Pat Sloan and Kimberly Einmo in Kelly Ann’s Quilting shown above) even show up just for fun! 11042298_10206595991962345_4829391766139609577_n People are loving the lectures and learning so much!  These are comments left from last week’s lecture in Florida at The Dragonfly Quilt Shop! “A very informative and interesting presentation by Alex Veronelli. Thanks so much had a wonderful time and what beautiful thread!!” ~ Debra in FL “Thanks Christina Fratcher for having Alex Veronelli to your shop. There was so much to learn and the presentation was awesome.” ~Rosemary Alex’s next lectures will be in May in Minnesota!  Make sure to call the shop to reserve your spotFriday May 8th Bear Patch Quilting Co. 2199 4th Street White Bear Lake, MN 55110 phone: 651-429-1039 info@bearpatchquilting.com http://www.bearpatchquilting.com/ 1st lecture 10:00 am to 11:30 am 2nd lecture 1:30 pm to 03:00 pm Saturday May 9th Pine Needles Quilt & Sew 1300 Salem Road SW Rochester, MN 55902 507-226-8480 http://www.pnqs.net/ info@pnqs.net 1st lecture 10:00 am to 11:30 am 2nd lecture 01:30 pm to 03:00 pm Monday May 11th Blue Bamboo 12865 Industrial Park Blvd Plymouth, Minnesota invisiliz@gmail.com 763-744-1105 or 800-323-1105 http://www.mybluebamboo.com/ 1st lecture 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm Tuesday May 12th QUILTER’S HAVEN 2930 146th Street Suite 108 Rosemount, MN 55068 Telephone: 651-322-7071 Email Us: quilthav@frontiernet.net http://www.quiltershavenmn.com/ 1st lecture 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm The next lectures are already being scheduled and posted in Arizona, Massachusetts and wherever the wind takes him! To keep tuned in to the event schedule please visit Alex Veronelli’s Events Page.